Honecker succeeds Ulbricht
The Central Committee has a spring clean: in May 1971 Walter Ulbricht steps down from the post of General Secretary and First Secretary of the SED Central Committee at the age of 77 due to health reasons.
He is succeeded by Erich Honecker. Ulbricht has been ousted from power with Moscow's blessing.
Berlin-Ost, Haus des Zentralkomitees der SED, Kurstraße, 10117 Berlin